Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   In his 25 years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's Next Generation Project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and five cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the decades with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with California State University-Northride (CSUN) in North LA here:

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With thousands of Oregonians out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic, one industry wants people to know they’re hiring: greenhouses and nurseries. 

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A burn ban is in place across Lane County as of Sunday night. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.


State health officials say as of 8:00am today (April 4, 2020), there have been four more deaths caused by COVID-19.

The latest reports raise Oregon’s death toll from 22 to 26.

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While the coronavirus stimulus package will alleviate the burden for many Americans affected by the pandemic, an Oregon Congressman fears there’s confusion that could cause delays.

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Many cannabis shops are experiencing an economic “high” lately, as people seek to alleviate the stress of the pandemic. Yet, as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, dispensary owners also know they’ve few alternatives should they go under.

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An allergy specialist says tree pollen is in the air now, with grass pollen coming out soon throughout the Willamette Valley.

Major accolades continue to pile on for some of the University of Oregon’s star athletes.

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A Veneta company is taking on COVID-19 in the best way it knows how.

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The coronavirus pandemic is also seeing a rise in fraud cases. Consumer protection and law enforcement officials are warning people against scammers. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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Testing for COVID-19 is gradually becoming more available across the U.S. and Oregon, but demand still exceeds availability. Many people are being told by their doctors to self-isolate if they think they’ve possibly been infected, which includes Joanna Bartlett and their family.  Since last week, they’ve been self-quarantined inside their Eugene home.  KLCC's Brian Bull recently talked to Bartlett, and asked how they’re all doing.

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Liquor and wine stores have seen a slight uptick in sales since the more socially-restrictive pandemic measures were enacted, including limits on public gatherings. KLCC’s Brian Bull checked in on a couple local establishments.

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Grocery stores and markets are deemed “essential” in this pandemic, meaning they’ll stay open. KLCC’s Brian Bull checked in with stores in Eugene and Springfield on how they safeguard both customers and staff. 

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Home confinement and stress has boosted business for some products, including cannabis.

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Over a week ago, state rules were relaxed to permit Oregon restaurants and bars to deliver alcohol and provide curbside pickup.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s to help these businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fears over possible coronavirus infection have driven some people to desperate and unsafe practices.

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The glut of spring break tourists last weekend drove coastal communities to collectively limit reservations for hotels, RV parks, and vacation rentals through April. KLCC’s Brian Bull recently talked to Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer about that order -and other efforts within Lincoln County- to curb COVID-19.

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More and more Oregon communities are stepping up efforts to curb COVID-19, and prepare for more cases.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, that includes Newport, one of the larger coastal cities.

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With the commercial crab season soon winding down, Oregon fishermen would normally be preparing for the shrimp harvest.  But Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer says that’s all in limbo, as the pink shrimp market’s been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic.


We’ve been hearing a lot about COVID-19 in recent weeks from health experts and elected officials. Now we’re going to hear from a family that’s contending with a case inside their own home.

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When it comes to detecting and controlling coronavirus, Native American communities are often at a disadvantage. Now state funds are being sent to Oregon’s nine-federally recognized tribes. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it may not be enough.

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Fears and uncertainty over COVID-19 may make people susceptible to scams, warns the Oregon FBI.

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As coronavirus dominates headlines, people worried about showing symptoms should remember: it’s still flu season and allergy season is just beginning.

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Many Eugene-Springfield restaurants and shops are scaling back hours, staff, and access, while the coronavirus pandemic continues. And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, some have simply closed.

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Note: This story has been updated, see statement following original article below.

While many local shops are scaling down operations during the coronavirus pandemic, one says business is doing pretty well.

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As coronavirus protocols limit public gatherings, many events are being postponed or canceled. Among those feeling the economic brunt of all this is one of the region’s largest crowd control and security service companies.

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While President Trump has been taking the coronavirus pandemic more seriously recently, critics – including an Oregon Democratic Congressman - say his earlier nonchalance will cost him come Election Day. 

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Federal bureaucracy is holding back coronavirus screening, says U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio.  The Oregon Democrat says he’s working with other Congressional delegates in easing regulations that may keep health providers from detecting COVID-19 in good time.

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Eugene eateries are feeling the pinch from Governor Brown’s directive to close all restaurants and bars to curb the potential spread of coronavirus.

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With Oregon’s schools shut down at least through March, a phone counseling service for young students is making sure its staff remains available.

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A worker at the Eugene YMCA has tested negative for the coronavirus.  But Y officials say they’re extending the date for re-opening the community facility from March 17th to April 1st.